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National League for Nursing Publishes Official NLN Guide to the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Exam

National League for Nursing Publishes Official NLN Guide to the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Exam

National League for Nursing Publishes Official NLN Guide to the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Exam


Washington, DC, April 7, 2014 — The National League for Nursing broke new ground in 2005 when it initiated the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) program to recognize excellence and innovation. To this day, the NLN CNE credential is the only official stamp of "excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator." More than 4,000 nurse educators in all 50 states now hold the CNE credential, and the program continues to enjoy a high level of re-certification.

To support applicants preparation for the rigor of the exam, the CNE program has provided the CNE Candidate Handbook, self-assessment exams, and an ongoing series of continuing education workshops. Now, to supplement these resources, comes The Official NLN Guide to the Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Exam, a user-friendly, yet scholarly publication that will hereafter serve as the definitive guide for faculty pursuing the CNE credential and an essential text for all nurse educators across the spectrum of higher education.

Published by Lippincott for NLN Press, the book has been edited by Linda Caputi, EdD, MSN, CNE, ANEF. A renowned provider of continuing education for nurse educators, Dr. Caputi exemplifies excellence and innovation. A CNE herself, as well as a fellow in the NLNs Academy of Nursing Education, Dr. Caputi has a long history of commitment to advancing the mission and goals of the NLN. The author of a number of well-received books on nursing education, Dr. Caputi edited Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing (2013) recently published by NLN Press. She is professor emerita at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with more than 25 years of teaching experience.

"The NLNs leadership role in creating the CNE credential carries with it the responsibility of producing resources to help nurse educators to achieve it," noted NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. "With the publication of the Official NLN Guide, we are providing the best roadmap to nurse educators who aspire to that recognition and who will reinforce the standards of excellence, both in classroom and practice settings that the CNE credential represents."

Added NLN president Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, senior associate dean of academic programs and professor at the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa: "As an advocate of life-long learning and academic progression, the NLN has long encouraged nurse educators to add the CNE credential. Now, the Official NLN Guide offers them the tools to proudly and publicly proclaim mastery of this advanced specialty role in nursing education."

Based on the revised 2012 practice analysis, the Official NLN Guide includes a chapter in each section that addresses a Core Competency of Academic Nurse Educators and follows the CNE test blueprint. Each chapter includes the related task statements; incorporates an in-depth, scholarly description of the competency and relevant research; and is followed by practice questions. Faculty using this NLN official guide to prepare for the CNE exam will find cutting-edge theory and evidence-based knowledge and strategies designed to help them move forward in achieving the CNE credential.

Special features include:

  • Sample test questions developed by the Certification Test Development Committee of the NLN Certification Commission
  • Extensive bibliography of the most current literature addressing each competency
  • How-to applications of content for the educators practice

A respected panel of expert researchers, educators, and professionals who design standards and national certification exams for nurses was tapped to contribute content to the Official NLN Guide. They are: Gail Baumlein, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF; Wanda Blaser Bonnel, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, ANEF; Marilyn Frenn, PhD, RN, CNE, FTOS, ANEF; Susan Luparell, PhD, CNS-BC, CNE; Jan M. Nick, PhD, RNC-OB, CNE, ANEF; Nancy C. Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Theresa M. Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF.

To order a copy of The Official NLN Guide, visit the NLN Bookstore at

Editors/Reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact Karen R. Klestzick, chief communications officer at the NLN, at 202-909-2483 or

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 39,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.